Catchy title huh?
Over in the official forums there’s a really good thread full of lore and trolls that are picking apart the fact that Jaina Proudmoore will lead the Alliance forces into the Icecrown 5-man.
The resounding feeling from many is that they would rather follow a [basic campfire] into battle than trust their lives to Jaina.
For many, Jaina is a security risk. To them – she doesn’t have the Alliance’s best interests at heart. The fact that she has effectively worked with the Horde for so many years and formed a trusting relationship with Thrall is proof enough that she’s not fit to lead.
Others take a more moderate road. That she was willing to turn her back on her own father when he ignored an existing treaty and put forces ashore in Kalimdor was a devastating personal choice. She had to put the welfare of the world (really) before the her own desires. Her decision saved the Alliance (and the Horde) from another brutal and unnecessary war but came at the cost of her fathers life and the lives of the marines and soldiers he took into battle. They also remind readers of the fact that it was in great part due to her actions that Archimonde was defeated at Mount Hyjal.
Yet despite what had to be agonizing personal choices to step away from friends and allies when she feels the greater good is being served elsewhere, Jaina is getting painted as a wishy-washy whiner that doesn’t know where to stand. There were even a few forum goers that claimed to support Arthas’ decision to purge Stratholme and gave her the business for walking away from the prince. Hell, to some in the thread, the fact that she teleported King Varian and his troops out of the Undercity before the furious Alliance king could start a fight with the battle weary Thrall was proof positive that she didn’t have the Alliance’s best interest at heart. After all – as powerful as she is – if she’d come to Varian’s aide at that crucial moment, even Saurfang’s godzilla like cleave attacks couldn’t have saved the Horde leader.
And now – at the end of things – just as the Horde and Alliance are trying to pull down the walls of Icecrown to get to the crispy Lich Kingey center – Jaina shows back up – ready to lead the Alliance into that heart of ice and death to (and I quote) “find a flicker of Arthas’s soul locked somewhere within the Lich King”.
Yeah – it’s that flicker that has folks worried. If Arthas flickers somewhere in that dungeon – if she stays her hand in the battles to come – what will it mean for the Alliance?
What does it mean to you?